A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar


A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. Interested? So into the Blues...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

One Year Big Blue!

1908 1pi deep blue on blue "Emperor Franz Josef"
Austria Offices in the Turkish Empire
One Year Anniversary
On February 12, 2011 the "Big Blue" blog began as a way to provide a checklist for collectors of the Scott International 1840-1940 Part I album.

Since then, 144 blog entries have been published, and 112 countries have been covered. The checklist database is expanding every week. And the scope has been enlarged to include a discussion of a countries stamps and issues, as well as adding coverage for the Deep Blue (Steiner) albums.

A deep THANK YOU to my readers. Your participation and comments have been most helpful. And THANKS to Bob of  "Filling Spaces" fame, who continues to inspire, and a must read!

And this year should be even better. :-)

There is clearly more information available now for world wide classical era collectors. We have two blogs devoted to, in part, "filling" the Scott International Part I. Not least, the blogs have demonstrated that an impressive classical collection can be accumulated without necessarily a large expense.

The intersection of history and stamps and postal history that the classical era provides, giving almost a three dimensional perspective, is hard to beat.  And the interest is worldwide, as evidenced by Big Blue's audience count. Here, listed below for your curiosity, are the stamp collecting countries that have visited Big Blue during the first year.

Top Ten Countries (Updated July, 2013)
United States

United Kingdom

Canada

Germany

Australia
Italy
France
India
Greece
Netherlands






All Countries  (96 Total February 12, 2012)
Update July, 2013- 158 countries.
Afganiastan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua-Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzogovina
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burma (Myanmar)
Cambodia
Cameroun
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chile
China
Colombia
Cook Islands
Congo (P.R.C.)
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gabon
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guyana
Haiti
Heligoland
Hong Kong
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jersey
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Macao
Macedonia (Republic)
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malawi
Mali
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles (Curacao)
New Zealand
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palestinian Territories
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion
Romania
Russia
St Kitts & Nevis
Saint Maarten
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Salvador El
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen


Comments?  Please Do!


Jim

8 comments:

  1. It's been a year already? How the time flies when You're having fun...

    It's interesting to see that Finland and Sweden are in top10 countries. Both are somewhat small nations compared to others. But I guess a lot goes to fact how popular hobby (worldwide) stamp collecting is (or was) in this part of the world (if put into proportion, APS should have roughly 200,000 members instead of 40,000+ it currently has).

    Anyway,here's a cheers from for the year two!

    -keijo-

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  2. Thanks Keijo :-)

    Finland and Sweden are (not too surprising to me) very strong indeed.

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  3. Congratulations Jim. You've put an amazing amount of information online in just a year. Can't wait to see what is coming in the next 12 months.

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  4. Thanks Bob

    It seems like the Meat and Potatoes (or Tofu and Rice if one prefers) of the countries-Germany, Great Britain and Greece- will be coming up in the next several months. Should be fun!

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  5. Just to add my warm thanks for your wonderful work...I've learned a huge amount from your posts and it's great to feel in touch with other collectors with an interest I'm history. Many congratulations!

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  6. Thanks James!

    The history part is an added bonus which I am enjoying immensely. :-)

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  7. Great stuff! I appreciate the listing and enjoy the historical insights. The photos of stamps are spectacular especially when enlarged. Thanks for the effort to do this. It's extremely helpful to worldwide collectors. I'll keep checking in.

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  8. Thanks Drew

    I do think the enlarged photos give an enhanced appreciation of the classic stamp art. :-)

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